Reuters People News Summary

Following is a summary of current people news briefs.

Putin offers French tax row actor Depardieu a Russian

passport

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin offered French

actor Gerard Depardieu a Russian passport on Thursday, saying

he would welcome the 63-year-old celebrity who is embroiled in

a bitter tax row with France's socialist government. Weighing

into a dispute over a hike in taxes, Putin heaped praise on

Depardieu, making the offer of citizenship in response to a

question during his annual televised press conference.

Thousands mourn U.S.-Mexican singer Jenni Rivera

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Thousands of mourners on Wednesday

packed a Los Angeles theater to pay their final respects to

Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera more than a week after her

death in a plane crash. Rivera, 43, best known for her work in

the Mexican folk Nortena and Banda genres, died after the small

jet she was traveling in crashed in northern Mexico on December

9.